The effects of the federal government stoppage have been seen in some obvious ways — workers furloughed and national sites locked down — but the shutdown is showing it has tentacles reaching in less obvious directions.
That point hits home for Matt Anthony, founder and brewmaster of Oklahoma City's Anthem Brewing Co.
Construction on the fledgling brewery near downtown has been underway for several months, and Friday, Anthony received his federal license from the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
That cleared the way for him to start seeking approval from the federal government for beer formulations and label designs. But now, as part of the government shutdown, the Tax and Trade Bureau is closed.
“That means nothing is being processed,” Anthony said. “We'll have the brewery completely finished and operational by the end of the month, but the government shutdown will delay ... our being able to package or sell anything.”
The shutdown prevents new breweries from attaining their license to open, and existing breweries from gaining approval to release new beers. The latter process can take several weeks even when the government is running full speed.
Tony Tielli, brewmaster for Midwest City's Roughtail Brewing Co., and Wes Alexander, director of sales and marketing for Marshall Brewing Co. in Tulsa, both said the shutdown would have little effect on their breweries, unless it drags on for several weeks.
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